Elegant form meets intelligent design: Z10, the butler for favorite items
Some things are too beautiful to simply hide away. A special pair of jeans, a plaid – or yes, the bicycle. In recent years, it has qualified as a real roommate. Now comes the butler for the bike – or the other beautiful parts that can be celebrated while living.
Clothes rack, coat rack, bike holder – Z10 stands stably in space thanks to its endlessly curved line and transforms apartments, rooms and lofts into galleries. Noble detail for bike fans: the core leather sleeve on the vertical suspension protects the seat post from damage and the steel tube from scratches. Z10 is a sculpture – and a shapely furnishing object at the same time.
Frame: steel tube black powder coated,
chromed or stainless steel
Cuff: core leather black or cognac
Bauhaus: Ride a bike!
Ride a bike! Marcel Breuer was already fascinated by the momentum of rolling: “My flight of fancy – which came to me whilst cycling in a train of thought that led from the handlebars of my bicycle to the engineering of tubular steel furniture – quite unexpectedly spread across the globe.” In 1937 the designer thus described the ground-breaking innovation inspired by his bent bicycle handlebars: the development of tubular steel furniture. Like many other artists of the Weimar Republic, Marcel Breuer was a keen cyclist. Like the first tubular steel furniture, such as Marcel Breuer’s B40, the Z10 is also bent from tubular steel.
“Our architecture rolls, swings, flies”.
A visionary, especially from today‘s point of view. And the generation of Bauhaus creators who collaborated prolifically with Tecta, also continued to experiment with this topic: “Everything will sway and float in the air,” said El Lissitzky, and even Marcel Breuer never lost his passion for dynamic movement. In 1928 he combined a bicycle with a couch to create a chaiselongue on wheels; uniting relaxation and movement in one piece of furniture. His concept remained a sketch until Tecta realised the wheeled chaiselongue as the F 41E, which has been rolling from sun to shade since 1984. Mobility and flexibility are also the hallmarks of other products by the furniture maker. And they should be understood as part of Tecta‘s brand DNA. This also goes for the M4R trolley with its large spoked wheels; likewise the chairs and armchairs on wheels – everything is in motion, full of dynamic movement, floating and swaying, as El Lissitzky put it.
Georg Kaiser, one of the most eminent playwrights of the 1920s, said in his essay Anti Auto, Fahrrad (Anti Car, Bicycle) that the motorist is driven whereas his muscles produce nothing. He had long since come to the conclusion that “mankind has been gifted the bicycle to compensate for all the scourges of technology,” and he adds: “the motorist has shrunk the earth and deprived himself of the adventure of going off the beaten track. No rules apply to the cyclist … he rehabilitates creation.”